Enjoying Hope! Seven Year Journey – and Everything In-Between!
Time really goes by fast!
I can’t believe that this year marks the seventh year of Hope for Women’s journey. Talk about a leap of faith! May 2005 seems like it was only yesterday…
I’m really grateful that so many of you have stood by my side, and walked with me on this journey to give women what they need most…HOPE!!! It’s amazing when we look back over our lives, and sometimes find ourselves thinking, “How in the world did I get through that?”
Sometimes we really don’t realize the strength we have. Sometimes it seems like the downs outweigh the ups! But throughout it all, if we just keep pressing on, persevering through thick and thin…somehow, we still manage — through faith — to keep moving forward.
Now, believe me: through the years, I’ve had people say to me, “Get a real job!” And one person has gone so far as to tell me that if the only thing I had was faith and hope in my vision then I had nothing! Not to mention, there’s nothing like being excited, and sharing your dream and your progress with the people you love — and then they ask, “Well, if all these great things are happening, where is (fill in the blank)?”…or, “When is (fill in the blank) going to come to pass??”
Now, it would have been very easy for me to throw in the towel. I may have even shed a tear or two behind it all. But I kept moving. Because, in looking back, when I was inspired to do Hope — and I do believe I was inspired by God — He showed me the beginning and the end (as He often does)…but not the in-between.
The in-between is why I’m sharing this blog with you today. It’s the in-between that is sometimes unknown, scary – and yet, it’s also the place where you have to keep going…even when you don’t feel like it. In-between is often when you feel like throwing in the towel and just saying, “I’m done.” Although I love Hope, and the vision and mission that it stands for, in-between it all, I’ve even had those days — when I’ve asked myself the question, “Girl, why do you keep going?”
But I realized since that very first day that Hope was much bigger than me. In-between all the challenges, I’ve realized I’m just the vessel — or the messenger — and this is what I believe I was put on earth to do — to inspire you to Hope!
Let me be honest. My supportive family invested everything they had in the vision of Hope because they believed with me, and they have always encouraged me. Still, in-between, I haven’t always had the financial resources needed when I’ve needed them, and it’s often been a challenge.
But I never gave up believing; and every day for seven years I have gotten up, gotten dressed, and started my work day, believing that, “This will be the BIG day that day we will land that big account or angel investor.” And I’m still believing that BIG day will come!
During these seven years, I’ve also come to realize that Hope may never be as big as some of the top magazines on the newsstands; and it may take forever to find that angel investor with that once-in-a-lifetime-seed.
But one thing is for certain: in-between those other magazines that promise to show you “how to make love to your man in 50 ways”… or profess to share the tips to “looking really good, really naked”…
Not one of them will be able to reach way down and touch your heart and soul – and everything in-between…like Hope will!
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